Important things to pack for Uni: International student edition
Being an international student is exciting but can be very stressful, especially when it comes to packing. Deciding on what to take and what to leave and doing so while adhering to the baggage travel allowance can be extremely confusing and overwhelming. It is important that you pack everything that you cannot do without and here is a list to help you while you pack.
- Important documents
Important documents range from identity proofs to any other legal documents. Many times, they need to be produced as a proof, for example, when applying for a part time job. This list covers most major documents that you should carry: passport, birth certificate, any medical records which are essential, marksheets from previous degrees and from school, bank documents and all of your identity proofs.
- Clothing and other essentials
Most of these would be available in the UK as well but essentials are always good to carry from home as well. Some essentials include a sturdy umbrella for when it rains (which it very often does :P), winter clothing, good pair of comfortable shoes which can be worn to any occasion, some ethnic/traditional clothes for when there is a festival or a cultural event and any specific grooming product which you may not find here. There is no need to worry if you forget any of these items as they will be widely and easily available here but it is good to pack things which you are attached to or which are more difficult to find elsewhere.
This one is the hardest to decide and pack because of restrictions of food in airlines and the sheer difficulty to pack food times. But again, the attachment with food is different. Considering all restrictions, packing some dry snacks or very typical items from your country is a good idea; this can be a sweet you enjoy a lot or a pickle you pair with you most favourite foods. It would also be a good idea to carry some utensils and kitchenware which is more specific to your region. From personal experience, all Indians who cook should carry a pressure cooker from home. Other items like spices, vegetables and fruits can be found at international supermarkets.
- Homely items
It is inevitable that during some point of your study, you will get homesick and miss your family and friends from back home. For such times it is important to pack some things that remind you of home and give your accommodation a more homely feeling. These can be things like a painting, a soft toy and some photos with you loved ones to keep on you bedside. This will help making the accommodation space your own space which comforts you and lets you be your most productive self.
- Electronic items
Adapters are very important item which should not be missed. All your chargers for you phones and laptops should also be packed. Any virtual notepad or other electronic gadgets which you use on a daily basis are important to consider while packing for uni.
It is important to stay organised while packing and start well before time to avoid last minute rush, especially with the weight allowance.
I hope this blog helps you pack well.